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say that we are going to close public comment. >> thank you. >> colleagues, i know that there may be a couple of other closing comments, but let me be brief. it has been a great learning experience, thank you so much to the drivers and the companies and the disabled advocates and the pedestrian safety and the other advocates that have come out today and this hearing has been focused on insurancing the public's safety and insurancing access, and looking at a new wild west of an industry that is sprouted up without adequate state regulation, and then definitely not enough attention from our local government. and i wanted to say that and i wanted to thank, sophie lou's family for being here mr. dolan and my intent following up with this hearing as a first step is to look at working with some of my colleagues, and stake holders that have been here to draft a board of supervisors
resolution, coming up detailing the shortcomings of the policy and making strong suggestions that as we work with the state's puc to fix those gaps, and to address the unfair playing field that currently exists that many have brought up, the issues of discrimination and especially for the disabled community and other issues, and i know that we have look at it with our attorneys and the disabled community as well and i also intend to work with our budget and legislative analyst office to look at the economic harm of a new industry, and look at how we as a city address the economics of this new industry, and i am not even going to call it tncs as many suggested, and start to look to a more appropriate term of a new private sector that is unregulated currently, and as others said really is a potential threat to the safety on the streets, and lastly, as i stated at the beginning of this hearing, we locally, in san francisco, we have a
responsibility to avoid the preventable tragedies like the death of sophie lou and i look forward to working with all of you as we move forward not only with the vision zero but also the stated goals of protecting our public and the safety of our residents. colleagues are there any other comments? >> supervisor yee? >> so, supervisor mar, thank you, for bringing this here and in front of this committee, and i am in not, new any more, but relatively new but the supervisors that this is the first time that i have been in the hearing to listen to the concerns and so forth, and so that was very educational process for myself. the presentation, it looks like there are suggestions in there that would i like to have the discussion with my colleagues to see what we can do to have the san francisco be a much more balanced approach to who is providing services. >> thank you.
>> supervisor avalos? >> so i wanted to thank supervisor mar for holding this hearing. all too often the board of supervisors has not weighed in on issues related to taxis. and because it is under the mta, we don't have direct jurisdiction but i think that we have gotten into a crisis mode where we actually do have to discuss how we can weigh in. i have actually was very happy to here that supervisor mar was working on these issues because it made me feel that i am not alone in looking at it and i want to work collaborativively with my colleagues to see if there are jurisdictional issues that we can apply and can we have it severed from the cpuc and we can actually make the streets safer and have the regulation here locally? and so i have been working with the people from the stake holders related to the taxi industry and to see, if we can do just that, and i have been working with supervisor mar to
ask our city attorney if we could explore what jurisdiction we can have, and for the regulation and for bringing those forward, and so, i am, i think that it is time for that to happen. and the stories, from taxi drivers, about how you have lost so much after your years of service, is just incredible to me and we cannot let this industry fail and we have to bring it up to to the same standard for anyone who is providing the service in san francisco and so i look forward to working with my colleagues on that. and working with the taxi industry, to help to make that happen as well. >> thank you, supervisor avalos. >> and so, we have finished our comments on this, could ask if we could continue this to the call of the chair and we will alert the stake holders, could we do that without objection? thank you. >> mr. evans could you call
item 2? >> are we going to call two and three together? >> yes, please call two and three together. if i could ask the people to leave the room as quietly as you can. >> item 2, is a resolution urging the mayor the chief of police, and director of municipal transportation agency to adopt the vision zero three point plan to expedite the goals of the san francisco pedestrian an and bicycle strategies. and item three is a resolution urging the transportation authority to convene and coordinate a pedestrian safety public awareness working group and to develop an action plan within 90 days of the first meeting. >> thank you and i would like to hand the meeting over to the sponsor, kim, avalos and yee. >> thank you. first of all i do want to thank all of the members of the public and our departments who
waited very patiently, and so thank you for sticking around for this really important hearing. but, for many of you folks that could not stay, i should just emphasize, that this will not be the first hearing on this issue and this will not be the last as many of you know that are here in the room today, we called for the city to make changes and that is zero traffic fatalities and more cyclist and drivers to share our existing infrastructure, we are interesting san francisco to create vision zero. engineering enforcement and education. we believe that a focus on these three areas will make it
three on the list of the most dangerous intersections to cross, and of course, late last year, when we were able to implement, the pilot bike lanes after the tragic death of 24-year-old, amalie maluac, these low costs, safety initiatives are what we are asking sfmta to commit to and we are asking them to commit to 24 over the next two years. and focusing on our high injury corridors. now when we talk about committing to zero fatality its seems like an ambitious goal until you understand that 60 percent of the death occur on only 6 percent of our streets and when you think about that way, the goal seems a lot more manageable if we are able to focus or engineering and redesign and our traffic enforcement to 6 percent of our roads, and we can cut our injuries and deaths by over half. and so we are really looking forward to this discussion
today. and also, to supervisor avalos who chairs our transportation authority and who has been very committed through the ta to find other funding, and but also to help coordinate our departments and so that we can more effectively get projects out, on a quicker time line. when funding is not the issue.
>> thank you, i am glad that we are having the hearing on both resolutions together because they are so related and the piece that i would want to focus on, and it was, and co-sponsored by myself and supervisor kim, and avalos, and so, we are actually approaching this as a team, but the education, piece, and i did not, we did not want to wait necessarily to pass a resolution and then to pass another >> the departments in the city are having their own education out reach, and that i would
also realize that had not been coordinated throughout the city, and, whether we have a similar message from each department, and so, it was important for me, that as a city, we approached this and we could leverage each other's resource and so we are not wasteful for that and thank you for allowing this to happen today. >> i want to thank you for their leadership on vision zero, and above all, i want to make sure that we are working together, to encourage the greatest level of collaboration that we can have as a city and in our different departments and that is not always been the case, and but i think he that given what is at stake in terms of people's lives and our goals around reducing fatalities to zero, we really have pull up our sleeves and really make the
collaboration happen and be effective and i would like to see though that we could be a model for the other cities around the country and i think that right now we are a model for the first things around the country of how not to do things and we have a ways to go and but, given that the mayor today had a press conference that we all attended around supporting walk first and initiating the walk first to use data to look at how we can build our infrastructure to support the pedestrians and there is a great deal of focus in the city and we have to make sure that we share the same focus in moving forward and i am happy to be part of the hearing and i have an appointment at two and i will not be able to stay i will be watching and my staff will be involved and i want to say thank you for supervisors for bringing this hearing, and this work together and i want to thank the departments already for your work of collaboration and that has happened in the past few months.
>> we will lose quorum at 2:00 and many of us were not anticipating that it would go as long. we had asked them to shorten it to 15 minutes collectively and so, let's see what we can do. so, i know that we first have megan wier from san francisco department of public health and then we have timothy from sfmta who are co-chairing the task force to speak first and then we do have falita ren olds from sfmta, and commander alli and i see rebecca from the district attorney office and then john white to speak on the education
piece. i asked to not have a closing, and so we will take that out and we will try to do that concisely and i know that many members of the public were not able to stay this among for the hearing so we might have a shorter public comment section, but we will be bringing this item back. and after the resolution, because we plan to codify the aspects into the ordinance so there will be many more opportunities to have a robust and significant discussion on this item. but again, thank you for your patience, and i appreciate our department staff members understanding our time constraints today. i appreciate to to make it to the point. >> i am with the department of public hel and this co-chairing with the pedestrian an safety now, vision zero city wide task
force. >> it is about saving life as the highest priority and as we move forward, to address us as a city, we are also going to be addressing existing inequities in traffic deaths and injuries and that includes, the six percent of streets that account for 60 percent of the severe and fatal injuries and these streets are concentrated in communities where the people are reliant on walking on the public transit and i also more likely to be low income seniors and youth and people with disabilities and non-english speakers. transportation mode and i can see that while walking accounts for approximately 18 percent of
trips, pedestrians are 60 percent of our fatalities, and simply, cyclists for 3.5 and 9 percent of fatalities and we are moving toward having the vision zero task force which will include all transportation mode includes drivers and passengers. and our pedestrian safety initiatives have really been a strong foundation and dph and mta have been co-chairing and i just shared with you the progress report that we presented at the end of 2012, to the task force and we have made a lot of progress with increasing collaboration and having, evidence based data driven and initiatives that are really targeting our resources to reduce, the severe and fatal injuries, and we have subsequent city staff presenting more on those efforts and i would also like to stress that there are co-benefits for bicycling and driving and the strong foundation that we have for the
pedestrian safety, and so speed is a high predicter of fatality for all of our modes and we are reducing the speeds through initiatives and including enforcement as well as engineering, and we also have coordinated education campaigns that help to shape the larger cultural shift. and i want to end, briefly with the force e, on being from dph and doing a lot of work with respect to data and analysis, and e, evaluation and monitoring and i think that it is important that we analyze the distribution and the cause of death and injury and monitoring our progress and reporting, it to you and also, evaluating this. and it is a bottom of this slide and so in the interest of brevity, i can provide the follow up information that the department is spear heading.
>> we are going to invite more people to the task fores because there are other people who are involved with this and initially a pedestrian task force and it will encompass all of the modes so that there will be a larger set of stake holders to participate and attend and our goal is to initially meet bi monthly to
this vision zero authority board with progress updates and the first, committee is going to be held later on this month without our city team and we have already been meeting before this, on how to physically structure this and who should be involved. and so, we are asking all of our city team to fully engage, and to fully prioritize their time to get to the deliverables that we see are urgent. and then, we are also, starting the stake holder engagement to try to get the input on the task force itself and the key areas that we need to focus on. the first meeting is schedule for june 10th and the reason is that for dph and mta are putting together a lot of data analysis and we need to get that ready to prioritize the projects have them out of the gate. with that, now, within mta and the streets, we have started
the process of identifying what those 24 projects could look like and we will talk about that in a moment. but, we are committed to design, deliver and fund, and implement these projects if not on a monthly basic on a bi monthly basis through 2016 so that we get 24 projects out of the great and in 24 months.